EU expresses concern about the serious human rights situation in Tibet and China

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Geneva — At the 55th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, the European Union, in its statement on the human rights situation around the world, expressed its concern at the extremely serious human rights situation in Tibet and condemned the Chinese boarding schools for Tibetan children and the taking of DNA samples from Tibetans.

The European Union delivered its statement on human rights situations that require the Council's attention on March 20, 2024, at the 55th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, currently taking place in Geneva, Switzerland. The EU reiterated its concerns about the disastrous human rights situation in Tibet, East Turkistan, Hongkong and China, focusing on the forced assimilation of Tibetan children into Chinese state boarding schools and the mass collection of DNA samples from Tibetans.

EU’s statement said, “EU urges China to abide by its obligations under national law, including its own Constitution, and international law, to respect, protect and fulfil human rights for all, including Uyghurs, Tibetans and persons belonging to ethnic, religious, linguistic and other groups across China.”

EU said, “Obligatory boarding schooling and DNA sampling, as reported by civil society organisations, are a further indicator of the dire human rights situation in Tibet.”

“China must also respect the principle of non-refoulement and refrain from any extraterritorial activity (including coercion) that is not in line with international law,” it added.

European Union also calls on Chinese government to immediate and unconditional release of Chadrel Rinpoche, Anye Sengdra, Go Sherab Gyatso, Golog Palden, Tashi Dorje, Zangkar Jamyang and Semkyi Dolma among others.